Columbus Harrison Gray Family

Contributed by Dorothy Norris and Theresa Norris Evans

This is a scanned copy of a letter that is in my possession. A little background here, This letter was written by Columbus Harrison Gray to his father Esquire Thomas Gray., of Union Co. Ark. Columbus Gray was born 1833, in Fla. the son of Thomas Gray . b. 25 Aug 1800, in Ga. mar. Temperance Koursey. Columbus Gray was a Sgt. in the Civil War, and the letter is written after the battle at Praire Grove. Ark [7 Dec 1862]. Columbus Gray's brother, James Addison Gray, who was killed in this battle, was married to Georgie Mary Bradley, who was pregrant with their 3rd child at this time.

Temperance Gray died, 07 Feb. 1845, and Esq. Thomas Gray married Martha Jane Adaline Norris, who was b. 15 Aug, 1823 in Ga. Her father was James I. Norris b.02-Jan 1775 in Rowan Co. N.C. and died 28 Oct. 1873 in Union Co. Ark, b. Norris Cemt. Union Co. Ark. Her mother was Sarah Partick b. 1776 died 12 Aug 1852.

Martha Jane Norris, had a brother named James McKenzie Norris b. 06 May 1809, Ga. mar. Jane R. Odum b. 15 Mar. 1821 Ga. They had a dau. named Mary Adaline Norris b. 1846 in Union Co. Ark she married Columbus Harrison Gray, Aug. 24, 1865 in Union Co. Ark. In 1868, Columbus Gray left with a wagon train headed to Arizona, where he died. I am sending a brief thing from the Bible of Georgie Mary Bradley Gray, "Tudie", abt. her husband James Addison Gray being killed. This Bible is in my possesion at this date, 2003. Also, I am sending you some material that I have on this family from Az. The Norris, Gray, Bradley, is my husband's line. Garner is mine. That J.M. Norris in it, is James Mack did not leave here until 1878.
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Tudie's entry into her Bible of her husband's death.
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